January 26, 2022 – Provocative Black/Bass/Metal duo LUNA 13 have returned to bring their latest sonic assault, Gorgo featuring the single, “Hear My Call.”
LUNA 13 once again bring their curious hallmarks with the crossing over from electronica to black metal. Dr. Luna, the duo’s demented musical maestro creates the voluminous sound solely with synthesizers and distortion pedals by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Frontwoman Lilith Bathory brings the spectacle with brutal vocals and for the live show, trance – inducing dance moves behind her devil horns.
Themes of Gorgo range from the likes of the occult (“‘Til There’s Nothing Left,” “Gorgo,” “Her Infernal Majesty,” & “Hear My Call”.) and horror (“Unborn,” “Upside Down,” & “Ghosts Of Night”).
“Gorgo is the most complete release because it personifies what I was trying to accomplish as an artist. I genuinely love Black Metal and underground dark dnb/Bass music and this release accomplishes my task. Gorgo has several of my favorite songs on it. It’s our first release that I believe we perfected what we wanted to do.“– Dr. Luna
Gorgo is available on all digital platforms including Bandcamp.
“Hear My Call” is the new single from Gorgo and is accompanied by a harrowing music video directed by Vicente Cordero (Stabbing Westward, Filter, 3TEETH). The song itself takes a stand against religious control.
Filmed inside a cryptic church and featuring blood-filled vignettes and haunting invocations, the video is a bold art piece that showcases LUNA 13’s strong stance on the ills of religious control.
As frontwoman Lilith Bathory told Metal Injection, “’Hear My Call’ begins with Lilith calling Lucifer, to stand with her against the rampant atrocities carried out by religion and those who use their faith to control, oppress or kill. It asks everyone to open their eyes to how these corrupt systems, and how they are used, end up killing us all.”
Columbus, OH based Rock Band SOUTH OF EDEN has released their newest single, a cover of the 1984 VAN HALEN track “Drop Dead Legs,” off of their breakout album, 1984. Directed by front-man Ehab Omran and edited by John Payne, “Drop Dead Legs” is only streamable from the band’s YouTube and Facebook.
“‘Drop Dead Legs’ is one of many VH songs where the riff, lyrics, and groove come together to form a sound signature to those 4 dudes jamming in a room. Although we have played ‘Unchained’, ‘Running With the Devil’, ‘Beautiful Girls’ and more of their other tunes live, ‘Drop Dead Legs’ felt like the best choice to encapsulate everything we love about Van Halen! RIP to a legend” — Ehab Omran (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar)
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We’re a band that writes, records, and plays like the pioneers of rock before us. We aren’t looking to bring anything back, but instead to remind people what rock n roll means. No rules. This music represents what we believe is real, raw music.
South of Eden (formerly Black Coffee) are: Ehab Omran [lead vocals, acoustic guitar], Justin Young [lead guitar, vocals], Tom McCullough [drums], and Nick Fratianne [bass]. The Columbus, OH quartet have already performed alongside everyone from the Foo Fighters to System of a Down, and invite you to join them on their journey of looking at rock ‘n’ roll through a modern lens.
“Our goal is to help open the doors for rock in the modern era. We want to sound the way we hear rock n roll in our heads; vintage with a sprinkle of today. The objective is to give listeners the feeling of discovering the genre for the first time. We think now is the moment to be a rock band.”
Libricide provides a veritable bouquet of influence still not experienced in much of today’s typical artists. With influences ranging from rock to pop to hip-hop, to metal, acoustic music and beyond, their new album Consilience takes their self-titled debut a whole two steps further and shows the world just how much is actually possible in today’s musical landscape.
Libricide stands out amongst a crowd of embattled artists both local and national, coming a long way from their gritty, hometown NYC-local circuit. Their exceptional writing, musicianship and conceptuality sets them starkly apart from their peers.
The group released a first EP entitled Barriers to Entry followed by their full-length, self-titled debut in 2015. In the time since releasing their first album, they have shared the stage with countless world-renowned artists including Puddle of Mudd, Ace Frehley, Angel Vivaldi, Smile Empty Soul and Yngwie Malmsteen, to name a few. Now with their fully-realized, impeccably produced sophomore follow-up Consilience, they are reaching audiences that have been yearning for a healthy step out of the old and into the new.
The band has released their newest single, “Over Everything” off of their upcoming album, Consilience. “Over Everything” is a heavy-hitting Hard Rock offering punctuated by its crunchy, driving guitar riffs.
While lyrically the song encapsulates a growing sentiment of exasperation with the current state of the world in the midst of a global pandemic, it wasn’t necessarily what the band set out to write. “We’ve been going through this pandemic for almost two years now,” says vocalist and guitarist Harun Gadol, “I remember writing this song from a more general sense of frustration. It’s sadly perfect how much it resonates with what we’re all going through now more than ever.”
Gadol also acted as producer on the song, which was engineered and mixed by John Ferrara and mastered by Ted Jensen (The Eagles’ Hotel California, Green Day’s American Idiot). Consilience is slated to be released in its entirety later this year.
Listen to “Over Everything” on SPOTIFY or on YouTube below:
Libricide is: Harun Gadol – Vocals & Rhythm Guitar Dylan Stark – Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals Paul Paldino – Bass James Knoerl – Drums
Los Angeles based Industrial Metal band DAWN OF ASHES has released their newest single, “EMDR.” With lyrics and music by front-man Kristof Bathory and guitars, mixing, and mastering by Angel Crowe, “EMDR” is off of the band’s upcoming album, Scars Of The Broken, which releases March 18 through Artoffact Records.
“This song was inspired from my own personal experience dealing with a type of therapy called EMDR which stands for ‘ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing’. This specific type of hypnotic therapy is for helping people who have dealt with past traumatic experiences.” – Kristof Bathory
“Scars Of the Broken has been one of the most emotionally difficult albums that I have ever created. All of the musical and lyrical content was straight from a place that I have been dealing with for a long time of my life. I poured out every darkest and deepest emotion into every song. Mental health is something that a lot of people struggle with and sometimes it just needs to be heard through music. I hope this album helps those that are struggling.”
Track List: 1. (Descending) Torn Inside 2. Love is Asphyxiation 3. The Despondent Hole 4. EMDR 5. Bane of Your Existence 6. (Limbo) Numb 7. It Comes in Waves 8. Heart Beats Cold 9. Turn It Shallow 10. Scars of the Broken 11. The Antidote 12. (Ascending) Catharsis
Burbank, CA based multi-instrumentalist, sound-designer / supervisor / composer, singer-songwriter, and President of TFK Studios LISLE ENGLE has released his poignant and timely official music video for “Medicine Man,” the title track off of his recently released album. Featuring crunchy bass and rhythm guitar by ENGLE alongside soaring guitar riffs by Bill Angarola and Pete Sjostedt from Muck and the Mires, plus high energy vocal performances by Angarola, Kristen Kohary, and Paul Grubb, “Medicine Man” is a seamless melding of Alternative Pop Rock post-modernism and old-school guitar rock intensity, evoking a superficially unlikely but satisfying union of Peter Gabriel, The Black Crows, and Cheap Trick.
Best known for his prolific sound design and re-recording mix work, LISLE ENGLE has been involved with such iconic films as the 2013, Academy Award nominated and BAFTA and Golden Globe winning American Hustle, bombastic, the highly anticipated 2003 Freddy vs. Jason, and 1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and 1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me comedy classics (sound effects editor) as well as such modern and incredibly popular TV shows as Arrested Development (sound editor, re-recording mixer), Riverdale (re-recording mixer), and and The Flight Attendant (re-recording mixer), which is reflected in the layered soundscapes and tight sound design of Medicine Man.
“At the end of 2020, I had a couple of weeks off and decided to turn my thoughts about this crazy Covid Pandemic into a collection of songs. Everything poured itself out of me during sessions at home and at my studio and hiking in the mountains above Burbank. These songs cover the gamut of emotions from trying to connect with loved ones in the hospital, to feeling disengaged from life, to hoping for a vaccine, to dealing with people wearing masks, to listening to experts and Instagram pundits talk and talk with conflicting messages, to the political landscape that seemed to intensify the harsh political divisions we are seeing in our country these days. Medicine Man hits all of those things.” – LISLE ENGLE
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Lisle Engle has been writing and performing for 35 years. He began in the early 80’s, honing his vocal abilities in the local club scene of Savannah with his cover band The Vital Signs. He founded his first original band, The Promise, while attending Boston University. They played many shows on the East Coast, including the Boston clubs The Paradise, The Rat, The Channel, and Bunrattys; as well as NYC dates at China Club, Limelight, and CBGB. After college, The Promise moved to Los Angeles, seeking fame and fortune. They played hundreds of shows all over the city, such as The Whiskey-A-Go-Go, Club With No Name, English Acid, The Roxy, and Lingerie. The Promise later evolved into a project called HEAD, which got very close to the fabled big record deal but ultimately disbanded when they weren’t picked up.
After a short jaunt to Florida to produce a CDROM project, the world’s first interactive, multimedia concept album, Welcome To The Future, Lisle quickly returned to LA to form a new group including the amazing violinist Dorian Cheah, bass player Giuseppe Patane, and drummer Steve Holmes. They played all over the city and had a residency at the Cat Club for a year on the world famous Sunset Strip. They produced an album, California Miles, which garnered critical success but ended as its members pursued other endeavors.
In the last few years, Lisle has played in several band lineups, including a collaboration with well-known LA producer and studio engineer Matt Gruber, which produced the Mad West album, These Are The Terms. Mad West was about to play their first show when the Covid lockdowns arrived, closing all venues. The project ran out of steam over the interim and Lisle decided to once again strike out on his own with his latest solo endeavor, Medicine Man. Inspired by the events of 2020, Medicine Man is a record of observations of humans experience, the media, science, government, and how the events of the pandemic affected and continue to influence our lives.
Medicine Man contains 7 songs and runs 30 minus in length. It is a high-energy, politically and emotionally charged rock record with amazing lead guitar performances from a group of some of the best players in Los Angeles, including Bill Angarola, Reza Moosavi, Jeff Miley, Chris Rife and Richard Dugay, as well as a special appearance from Pete Sjostedt, and vocal appearances by Jenny Lobel and Kristen Kohary; keyboard contributions appear courtesy of veteran Hollywood sound designer and synth collector Charles Maynes. The record was produced by Lisle Engle and mastered at The Manor Studios by Matt Vowels of the goth band Black Angel. If you are looking for some rocking new tunes with insight, social commentary, and emotional power; as well as killer rock production and many “guitar hero” level performances, Lisle Engle’s Medicine Man is definitely an album that you should check out for the new year!
Portland based Heavy Alternative Rock band VEIO has released the official music video for their newest single, “Janus.” The single was produced by Stephan Hawkes (Chelsea Grin, Attila, I Declare War) at Interlace Audio in Portland. “Janus” is a fresh sound for the band and the next evolution in VEIO’S unique sonic alchemy.
“Janus is a song about trials and tribulations of the past, present and future. We’ve overcome a lot of adversity in our time as a band and the song is about us trying to endure and overcome.” – VEIO
Veio melds alt-rock’s anthemic allure to the exhilarating adventurism of prog metal like few before them.
The roots of Veio – a name taken from an ancient Etruscan city – reach back to the childhood musical collaborations of Cam and Brett Byrd (vocals/guitar and drums respectively). The brothers formed Veio after college, with the lineup completed by bassist Kris Lewis 5 years ago. With the 2017 debut album Infinite Light / Desperate Shadows and tireless touring efforts with the likes of Seether, Tremonti, and RED, the band earned legions of loyal fans. The band’s follow up 2020 album, Vitruvian, saw its first single, “Flare of Defiance,” storm the Billboard Rock Chart and entered Active Rock Radio’s Top 30.
Now a part of the revamped Silent Majority Group (Paramore, Creed, Sevendust), Veio’s music is garnering lofty comparisons to the thoughtful, artsy rock of Tool and A Perfect Circle, along with Thrice’s muscular, ultra-authentic optimism and the technical yet tuneful prog metal of Tesseract and Mastodon.
“We’ve always strived to have a unique sound that a mainstream audience can enjoy while still being mainly influenced by prog and metal bands,” Lewis states. “We hope both sides of the spectrum will enjoy the new music.” Consistently creating soaring, singable material without compromising their love for odd time signatures and challenging polymeters, Veio displays the single-minded talent, passion, and work ethic to remain a chart fixture for years to come.
Fort Worth, TX based, heavy rock / metal band LOCKJAW is back with the official music video for their newest single, “Living in My Head”. Produced by Chris Collier (Korn, KMX) and the video directed by Jeremy Peterson, “Living in My Head” premiered on popular, taste-making YouTube channel Space Untravel!
“‘Living in My Head’ was a song we felt had to be released early on this album because it really hits home with what the world is going through now. We felt we could connect with fans, and let them know, we are with you. We are all struggling together. We feel the pressure of this world, with the pandemic and uncertainty, it really causes stress, anxiety, mental health issues all around. I don’t think anyone is immune to it. We are really proud of the final product and are glad to send our brand of heavy music into the world. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do!” – LOCKJAW
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Lockjaw is a band based in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. The group recently came out with a brand new release announcement for their upcoming single: Silence The Fear. This is going to be the first of many tracks, which the group is planning on releasing throughout the year. This particular song feels like a compelling new chapter for the band, highlighting its commitment to creating music that blurs the lines between a wide range of influences. From the depth and energy of alternative rock down the impactful edge of heavy metal, there are no rules. The group has a rather long history, fueled by the friendship of the band members, who got together to form this band while in high school in the late 90s. The music scene was quite different back then, but just like today, Lockjaw was never interested in chasing trends. These talented musicians had the vision to make their own music and truly give it their all. Lockjaw started making music in 1998, and it didn’t take long for the group to be able to record and release a handful of EPs throughout the local scene. The band’s music earned a solid reputation, and Lockjaw soon grew to the ranks of excellent local bands, on stage and in the studio.
The group is on the verge of making their return with some brand new music, as they are gearing up to release some exciting new material. Lockjaw’s most recent studio single is titled “Silence The Fear,” and it is going to be available on August 6th, 2021. On the occasion of this and other recordings, The band hit the studio with famed producer Chris Collier, already well-known for his work with seminal bands such as Korn, as well as Lynch Mob, Prong, and KMX, only to mention a few. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say that these songs depict the band at its best. Instead of releasing a whole record at once, Lockjaw is set to be releasing a handful of singles throughout the years, allowing their releases to seamlessly spread over time and giving the audience a nice constant stream of content. The band’s upcoming music is ultimately a perfect example of the band’s attitude and charismatic approach to songwriting and performance, going for an immediate and earthy sound that favors the human connection between the musicians, rather than hiding their work under an excessive layer of studio trickery. If you are a fan of artists such as Metallica, Lamb Of God, Amon Amarth, Opeth, MachineHead, and Slipknot, this one is definitely going to be right up your alley. Production-wise, the band’s new music is just as exciting and crisp as you might expect from such high standards of recording and production. For instance, “Silence The Fear’s” mix is balanced and very detail-oriented, making for a lively, edgy, and stark sonic approach. In other words, there are many subtle nuances in this release, which really add to the richness of the track when summed up together. At first glance, you’ll notice the roaring walls of guitar and the energetic rhythm section, but if you dive deeper, there is a lot more to uncover. The dynamic spectrum of the song is also very balanced, with a tight yet deep low end that really growls, holding it all together while adding some aggressive edge to the sound.
Find out more about Lockjaw, and do not miss out on the band’s upcoming music, which is going to be available throughout the web’s premier digital streaming platforms.
Cruel Hope is not a band. Rather, it is the embodiment of a generation’s bitter struggle to accept that the world they were promised no longer exists, brought to life in the form of modern alternative rock songs by creator Liam Horrigan. Strong melodies akin to those of Rise Against and Green Day deliver unapologetic lyrics about the troubled state of our world, producing anthemic choruses purpose-built to stick within the ears and hearts of today’s youth. Heavy riffs honour proud rock traditions, inspiring comparisons to contemporaries Royal Blood and Cleopatrick. Armed with three singles produced by Kyle Marchant (Nightwell) and with a high octane live act, Cruel Hope is set to explode onto the Toronto, Ontario scene in early 2022.
has released their debut single, “Wage Slave” fresh off their EP, I’m Not Sick. The track is a driving, hard rock anthem on an issue in the forefront of many people’s minds these days: the dwindling patience of a working-class who find themselves overworked, underpaid, and hungry – perhaps for something more than what you can find in the grocery store.
Lyrically, the song offers a biting commentary on the issue. “Wage Slave” speaks to the maddening frustration felt by today’s working-class as we are forced into ever-worsening working and living conditions,” says frontman Liam Horrigan. “It also cautions those in power that there is a limit beyond which working people cannot be further exploited and that they will soon reach it.”
The song was recorded and produced by Kyle Marchant and is the first track to be released from the band’s upcoming EP, I’m Not Sick.
Listen to “Wage Slave” on SPOTIFY or watch it on Youtube below:
Vancouver, BC Canada based, heavy rock band THE VEER UNION has released the bombastic music video for their newest single, “Standing My Ground”. Produced by front-man CRISPIN EARL, “Standing My Ground” is the band’s first single off of their forthcoming, new album, The Butterfly Effect, due out in 2022.
“When you’re knocked down to the lowest point in your life you really have two choices; you can roll over and die or you can face your demons head on. Sometimes you have to dig the deepest you ever have to find the strength to get up, to keep fighting and to push the hardest you ever have to get your life, dreams and/or your sanity back on the trajectory required to find the happiness and sense of accomplishment we all seek. ‘Standing my Ground’ is the heaviest track we’ve every released. It’s an anthem for those who are about to, or have almost lost everything. It serves a reminder that no matter what, no matter how huge the adversity may be, keep going.” – THE VEER UNION
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THE VEER UNION’s 2018 Album, Decade II (produced by the band’s lead vocalist, Crispin Earl), contained 4 Billboard Charts Top 40 Singles and has been streamed over 27 million times on Spotify alone. The most notable track off the album, “Living Not Alive”, reached #21 on the Billboard Charts Top 40 in the United States, amassing over 10 million streams, received over 2 million Views on YouTube and the album itself has sold over 10,000 units.
After a vigorous year and a half of touring (With bands like Red, Puddle of Mudd, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Alesana, and Saliva) the band released Covers Collection Vol.1 (with front-man Crispin Earl producing). Their version of Halsey’s “Nightmare” exploded on YouTube and reached 1 Million Views in the first 30 days, climbed to #25 on The Billboard Charts in the United States, and has been streamed over 10 million times across all digital platforms.
In 2020, the band began releasing singles from their album Quarantine Collaborations (produced by Crispin Earl), with three tracks quickly reaching Top 40 status on the Billboard Charts in the United States. On December 17th 2021, Quarantine Collaborations was released in its entirety and, within its third week of release, surpassed the 8.5 Million Stream mark.
In January of 2022 the band surprised fans with the announcement of yet another new Single, “Standing My Ground” (produced by Crispin Earl). The track is available January 14th, 2022, and is accompanied by an official video as well as a promise from the band that “’Standing My Ground’ will be the heaviest track we’ve ever released.” The Veer Union will be headlining The Rock Shop Records Tour that is slated to kick off 2022. The full list of tour dates will be announced soon.
January 15, 2022 – Oregon-based electronic act, LUSCIOUS APPARATUS has just unveiled their debut single, “Infiltrate.”
“Infiltrate” is about domestic violence, the kindness of strangers, and helping someone escape from an abusive relationship. The lyrics were triggered by an article that offered an excruciatingly detailed account of the horrors inflicted upon one of the victims of Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson.
The song speaks to the often terrible and destructive power wielded by abusers. It attempts to inspire hope and strength for anyone who has found themselves in an abusive situation and are trying to find their way out of the fog.
“Infiltrate” is available on all digital platforms NOW.
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